Daily D – John 5:8-9
“Get up,” Jesus told him, “pick up your mat and walk.” Instantly the man got well, picked up his mat, and started to walk. Now that day was the Sabbath, . . .
JOHN 5:8-9 (CSB)
Some people see guidelines as laws. Others see laws as guidelines. The truly perceptive understand the deeper meaning and purpose of both guidelines and laws along with which are just and which are unnecessary redundancy.
The Tradition of the Elders added thirty-nine categories of work that were to be avoided on the Sabbath. Number thirty-nine was about carrying a load from one dwelling to another. This amplified God’s command to rest on the Sabbath found in Exodus 20:8-11.
So Jesus, in fact, asked this man to break the rules, right? The commandment of God was about ceasing from labor for financial gain. The Tradition of the Elders was a sort of fence of thirty-nine rails to prevent anyone from getting close to breaking the actual commandment. The Tradition became more important than the Law, a point Jesus made again and again. The Tradition missed the heart of the Law.
In other words, some rules are meant to be broken. Unjust laws may be justly ignored or abrogated.
Do not, however, miss the miracle. Jesus told the man, “Get up, pick up your mat and walk.” Do you remember Jesus’ question from verse 6? “Do you want to get well?” Do you remember the tepid response the man offered in verse 7? Here we see the man’s answer by his actions rather than hearing it with his words. “Instantly the man got well, picked up his mat, and started to walk,” (verse 9).
The secret to living with wisdom and power is hearing Jesus and doing what he says.
1. Get up
2. Pick up your mat
1. Got up
2. Picked up his mat
What is Jesus saying to you today?
Hint: He speaks to those who learn how to listen to his voice. The single most important thing we can ever learn is how to hear Jesus. Lesson number one is asking him to speak to your heart.
- Ask him to give you his directions regarding a decision you need to make.
- Ask him to give you guidance regarding a direction you should take.
- Ask him to give you wisdom, insight, and understanding on a particular matter where you currently lack clarity.
When you hear what he says, do what he says. This is the way of wisdom. This is the medium of miracles.
You can live with wisdom and power, or you can sit around in your suffering circumstances. Wisdom and power are much more exhilarating.
I will live with wisdom and power by hearing and obeying Jesus.
Our Father, give me ears to hear what you are saying to me now and moment by moment throughout the day. Show me the way I should go, for to you I Iift up my soul. Amen.
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Deuteronomy 8:12-18 When you eat and are full, and build beautiful houses to live in, and your herds and flocks grow large, and your silver and gold multiply, and everything else you have increases, be careful that your heart doesn’t become proud and you forget the Lord your God who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the place of slavery. He led you through the great and terrible wilderness with its poisonous snakes and scorpions, a thirsty land where there was no water. He brought water out of the flint rock for you. He fed you in the wilderness with manna, which your ancestors had not known, in order to humble and test you, so that in the end he might cause you to prosper. You may say to yourself, ‘My power and my own ability have gained this wealth for me,’ but remember that the Lord your God gives you the power to gain wealth, in order to confirm his covenant he swore to your ancestors, as it is today.
Deuteronomy 6:4-9 “Listen, Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength. These words that I am giving you today are to be in your heart. Repeat them to your children. Talk about them when you sit in your house and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Bind them as a sign on your hand and let them be a symbol on your forehead. Write them on the doorposts of your house and on your city gates.“
Deuteronomy 1:2, 3 It is an eleven-day journey from Horeb to Kadesh-barnea by way of Mount Seir. In the fortieth year, in the eleventh month, on the first of the month, Moses told the Israelites everything the Lord had commanded him to say to them.